SPEEDY
1928, Janus Films, 86 min, United States , Dir: Ted Wilde

Harold Lloyd makes his last silent appearance in this classic about a baseball-obsessed soda jerk who becomes a cab driver. Soon he's desperately trying to rescue the last horse-drawn streetcar line in town - which belongs to the father of his girl (Ann Christy) - from greedy railway magnates. Chaos ensues, including some of the most spectacular real-life chases ever filmed. Look for the legendary Babe Ruth as a nervous passenger in Lloyd’s cab.


"Never Weaken"
1921, 19 min, USA, Dir: Harold Lloyd

Lloyd's final short film, and the third of five "thrill" pictures featuring his stunt climbing work (here he stumbles upon the girders of a high-rise building), follows a typically lovelorn Harold, who decides to commit suicide - and spends the majority of the film failing hilariously - when he hears his crush is to marry another. Scenes were filmed immediately adjacent to where the Egyptian Theatre was built in 1922, and where the Pig 'n Whistle was later built in 1927.


GIRL SHY
1924, Sony Repertory, 82 min, USA, Dir: Harold Lloyd

Shy, stuttering bachelor Harold Meadows (Lloyd) spends his days secluded in a tailoring shop, writing the ultimate guide for bashful young men, "The Secret of Making Love." When Harold meets and falls in love with rich Mary, he must somehow stall her impending marriage. One of Lloyd's most popular feature-length films, featuring fantasy sequences enacting the chapters from his character's hopelessly misguided book, and his famous breathtaking race across town in order to halt the wedding. Many scenes were filmed in and around recognizable (and now not-so-recognizable) Hollywood landmarks, including the Garden Court Apartments, the Mary Moll residence (future site of the Roosevelt Hotel, built in 1927), the extant Johnny Grant Building and many more. A true early Hollywood experience, Harold Lloyd-style! Photos: © 2011 The Harold Lloyd Trust.


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